AJ served as a missionary for two years for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Massachusetts Boston Mission. He returned home nearly four years ago this coming September, which is when we first met (We went on our first date in late October). We decided that this summer would be the summer he finally returns to his mission and I finally get to meet all the people he served and see all the places he has been to.
AJ learned the Cambodian language on his mission by serving the Cambodian community in mainly Lowell (Where the movie, "the Fighter" is based). It was pretty cool to see how the sisters in the gospel were so strong (there were very little priesthood holders, sadly). Everything here reminds me of being back home in Fresno, CA among the Cambodian community there. Their lives are so similar despite the distance and environment. It was also good to practice my language while there. It's been so long! We also got to hang out with some of his mission buddies who were also there for a summer visit. We went out for a good hot pot meal. A delicious meal with funny friends, what more could I ask for?
AJ also served people of many other ethnic diversity in Lynn. My favorite is a family from Guatemala. They are such a strong family in the gospel. They are the epitome of sacrifice for love and family. Both husband and wife work very hard both at home and at work to earn money for rent in their little apartment, necessities, and operations for their little daughter's heart. Oh my. On top of that, he had to make the tough decision of either keeping his job and working on Sunday's, or giving up a stable income to be with his family at church on Sunday's. He chose the latter. It was difficult at first, but Heavenly Father will send blessings to those who follow His teachings and make sacrifices out of love for Him. They were such an example to me. I want to be just like them when I grow up!